.08 Storage of Data.

A. The Department shall establish a Registry that is:

(1) Secure, in accordance with data security standards customarily applied to the protection of electronic medical records; and

(2) Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

B. The Department may provide for services related to the establishment and operation of the Registry through contract with a person or agency.

C. The Department or its contractor may store in the Registry only documents that are:

(1) Identical to those submitted by the registrant; and

(2) In a digital, read-only format preventing modification.

D. The Department shall destroy the paper copy of an advance directive submitted by a registrant when the paper copy has been fully and accurately converted to digital copy.